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TRANSFORM YOUR KIDS' SPACE WITH THESE HANDY GUEST ROOM IDEAS

Transform Your Kids' Space With These Handy Guest Room Ideas

Aug 13, 2013

Transform Your Kids' Space With These Handy Guest Room Ideas

Most of us start to panic at the thought of an out-of-town guest coming to our toy-filled houses, but you can relax with these quick guest room ideas by our go-to design guru, Adrienne Mascaro. In under 15 minutes, you can transform your kids' room from a toy landfill to a chic visiting den (and still have time to get the kids dressed)!

Step 1: Create a bed fit for a king.
It’s always a great idea to have an extra bed in your kids' room for impromptu slumber parties, and even better, when you want to quickly push them together to make a king-size bed for your out-of-town guests.

Step 2: The walls are coming down.
Everyone loves cute décor on kids' walls, but for visitors, you want to wash away any resemblance of kidsville. Quickly remove all kids' wall art and slide them under the bed so your guests have no idea they are sleeping where Winnie the Pooh usually hangs.

Step 3: Stash stuff in a simple side table.
Most side tables have a drawer where you can stash your child’s alarm clock, books, toys, etc. Replace these items with pretty (and functional) items, such as flowers to brighten the space, a water bottle, bath products your guests may have forgotten to bring, and a jewelry tray so rings don’t roll into the Lego drawer.  

Step 4: Spills be gone.
Every kid has created their fare share of stains, like the juice that spilled five minutes before your guest arrives.  One great solution is FLOR carpet squares. You can easily replace any square that has been stained in seconds and can stash extras for unexpected spills. Another great option is small area rugs. They cover a mess in a pinch and make the room look cozy and warm while hiding your little ones’ “oops!”  

Step 5: Transform the art table into a suitcase stand.
Small art tables are great for coloring but can also quickly double as a suitcase stand. Slide the table to the foot of the bed and hide the chairs under. Ta-da!

Step 6: Add a few extras…
A luxurious robe can make any guest feel warm but can also help them cover up when your little one accidently barges in to grab his teddy. An extra cozy blanket for an unexpected cold night. Every guest feels comfortable at a different temperature so draping a blanket over a chair is easy and thoughtful.

By Adrienne Mascaro, Studio Blu 

Adrienne Mascaro is an interior decorator, architect and owner of Studio Blu, a Venice Beach-based boutique and interior design firm specializing in high-end custom homes and remodels. She has also successfully worked in the art department for Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She currently resides in Venice Beach with her four-year-old daughter.

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